Monday, July 17, 2017
Ever hear the saying, truth sets you free? We hear write this way not that way, be as perfect as you can, never make a grammar mistake. Those things are true to an extent, in this article, you will find how not to be scared of your voice.
"We all have pet phrases, tics, favored slang, mispronounced words, emotion-driven fragments and run-ons. From all these things, our personality emerges vividly to those around us. The same is true in our writing: the limitless possibilities of imperfect language allow us to reveal to our readers our own personalities and, by extension, the personality of our stories and our characters."Read, Writing Voice: 6 Things You Need to Know to Improve It
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Thank you for the 102,834 views, when I'm discouraged, you are the light at the end of my burrow.
In July l will be entering the first five chapters of Ayekah's Tale on Wattpad, I’m hyper excited! Just remember that The Sylph's Trilogy has adult material, so don't read it if that might offend you and it's not for minors.
I'm still under mentorship by Horror Writers of America, also continuing the University of Iowa Power of the Pen online course. Completed the ISA Craft Courses in Screenwriting but it will be awhile before I attempt a script.
Published a few new poems on Hello Poetry and have an arsenal of about 70 I might enter into contests. Still involved in current events and learning Google Analytics.
More on The Sylph's Trilogy: https://www.facebook.com/martacweeks/
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
As posted on my VIRGINS page: At War in the Garden of Eden by JENNIFER PERCY, is one of the stories assigned for reading on my Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction, class. An amazing, gut-gripping story. Percy's writing is fresh and packed with vivid detail. Without a lot of tedious nuances and explanations, Percy takes the reader right into the tale. Wow. I'm tempted to quote some passages but won't because the entire story deserves attention. I read a lot of stories published in award-winning magazines and sites but Oh my God, I wantto write like Jennifer Percy.
More information on Jenifer Percy: http://www.jenpercy.com/bio/
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Ever feel that not adhering to a regimen is goofing off, or unproductive when doing what you enjoy, or just checking emails, social media sites while still in bed drinking coffee and watching the news in the morning? Or watching some of your saved shows at night?
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This morning, after my computer prompted "drive is full" I was cleaning up saved docs when I came across an article from years ago. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. His story of a woodcutter sawing to the point of exhaustion while trying to take down a tree. "When a man suggests that he could get done quicker by taking a break to sharpen his saw. The woodcutter says: "I don't have time to sharpen the saw. Don't you see I'm too busy?"
I related while doing edits on my novel VIRGINS to send to an editor when my software started to crash. The nice people at Apple said, after hours of trying to fix the problem, “you have to contact Microsoft, you have an old version of Word.” It’s a good thing I was able to put the rest of my life on hold because, after hours, by the time I got to the people at Word I was angry and inclined to believe Microsoft started the crash to get me to pay for new upgrades. After 11 pm, on the edge of the deadline, I submitted my first three chapters to the editor and worked on my short story The Dream, to meet the deadline for a Horror Writers contest.
Btw, while all that MS stuff hit I was in the midst of family events we had to attend and a screenwriting class with ISA. Can’t wait to carve out the time to learn the software but submitted a logline for Virgins; some say "it would make a great movie or a series like Game of Thrones." But first, I need to catch up on a class with The University of Iowa, The Power of the Pen, which is what incited me to write this article, guess I needed to get all this frustration off my shoulders and share it in the first class.
Still the “are you done yet?” creeps in with “I must learn the new Word upgraded.” It is then I come upon this article saved from the Huffington Post, Can You Achieve More by Doing Less? By Rose Caiola. And I pray, Universe, please help me put away the do not procrastinate hammer. Covey suggests we nurture ourselves and return to our tasks “refreshed, with a better attitude and more focus.” So, what makes up nurturing? Caiola suggests we find our “sweet spot.”
What a great concept my “SWEET SPOT” - maybe not what you’re thinking - but how awesome to allow myself “uninterrupted blocks of time” to do my work and nourish my body so as not to burn out. Today as I go forth to find my ‘sweet spot’ I will also post this article on my blog. Haven’t written for my blog in over a month, will, shelve the “are you done yet?”
Oh, how ‘sweet spot’ it is!